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A closeup of a boiler.

What is a Boiler?

Most people immediately think of furnaces when opting to heat their homes. However, boilers provide a highly effective heat option, have a long life, can reach high heating efficiencies, and some types require little or no pumping energy. Boilers are an important part of a central heating system. They’re a continuous closed loop of pipes carrying heated water (or steam) throughout your home. As the water runs through the pipes, running through radiators, the hot water cools on its path as it gives off its heat, heating your rooms, then returns back to the boiler to be reheated again. The boiler keeps firing, to continuously reheat the returned cool water, and then sends it on its way again throughout your home.

How Does a Boiler Work?

The boiler is controlled/turned on with an electric switch, which when turned on, opens a valve where the gas enters a combustion chamber. There is a continuous stream of natural gas via a pipe attached to the home’s gas main, usually from the street, that feeds a fire inside this chamber. Its electric ignition system is what lights these small jets of gas. The gas jets fire onto a heat exchanger connected to the water pipe carrying the cold water. The heat exchanger takes the gas-generated heat and heats the water, typically to around 140ºF (60ºC). The now-hot water is pushed throughout the home. An electric pump inside or very near the boiler keeps the water flowing through the loop of pipes and radiators.

Is a Boiler Right for My Home?

Typically, boilers are categorized into different types based on their fuel type, working pressure and temperature, size and capacity, draft method, and whether or not they condense the water vapor in the combustion gases. Sometimes boilers are described by some by their key components, such as heat exchanger materials or tube design.

The two main types of boilers are Firetube and Watertube boilers. In the former, the Firetube boiler, combustion hot gases flow through a system of tubes surrounded by water. In the latter, the Watertube boiler, water flows in the inside of the tubes, and the combustion hot gases flow around the outside of the tubes.

Contact Pond's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning to speak with a knowledgeable technician on the best type of boiler for your home in Centerville, UT.

Boiler Maintenance

As mentioned above, boilers have some wonderful advantages (long life, highly effective, high heat efficiency), but they do need to be maintained on a regular basis to keep these advantages. If neglected, boilers’ repairs can be costly and fuel bills can add up quickly. If you currently have a boiler and it's been awhile since you’ve had maintenance performed on it, or if you’re thinking of installing a boiler, call Pond's Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning. Our technicians would be happy to help you and answer any questions you may have.

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“John came in and did a thorough assessment and diagnosis of our heating system and repaired a few items and made some adjustments and when he left it was working correctly.” – Ed S.

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“Tim is excellent and found items I didn’t know were a potential issue, including small gas leaks which all other companies told me was P-trap smell. Tim and new trainee Dennis were excellent, courteous, and knowledgeable. Tim returned today and solved overall issues.” – Paul P.

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“John is very professional and is very knowledgeable about our boiler-heating system. The work that he did was exceptional and thorough. Pond’s has been and will be our resource for all heating and cooling concerns for our home. John and the other techs that have worked on our system have proven to be well versed on our system and have done extraordinary repair and maintenance.” – Robin H.

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“John is terrific! We are delighted to have him maintain our system.” – Richard B.

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“Alex did an excellent job. Great communication as well” – Ryan R.

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“Ponds always provides quality, reliable service! Griffin was great, communicated through the entire process, problem-solved and repaired the issue immediately. Thank you so much for another great experience!” – Ashley G.

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“Glad he was able to come out on a short notice thought my boiler was going to explode” – Travis A.

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“Great. Very responsive on a weekend” – John N.

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